Gaming news summary for September 24, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, we take a look at what's coming out of the VR-focused Oculus Connect 2 gathering, voice actors threaten to strike over game-related pay and conditions, and EA reveals when the Star Wars Battlefront beta will take place.
Craft your own Star Wars character and fight your way through the galaxy
If you're a Star Wars fan, you know that The Force Awakens is on the horizon, and you're probably excited. What you might have not heard about just yet, is that there's another Star Wars title, a game, that has come out recently. In an attempt to wet your whistle in the same manner as Fallout Shelter did, Star Wars: Uprising was released with the intention of providing a bit of extra fuel for the hype-train before The Force Awakens.
Free to play game supported by in-app purchase of consumables
Kabam, in collaboration with Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm, today announced the launch of Star Wars: Uprising, the first mobile role-playing game that takes place between Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, following the death of the Emperor. The game is available now on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Google Play for Android devices.
Gaming news summary for September 1, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, EA announces there will be a beta of Star Wars Battlefront, buyers of physical copies of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain for PC get a nasty surprise, Nintendo brings the New 3DS to the United States, and Microsoft brings out an "Elite" version of the Xbox One with faster storage.
Questioning the value of a $250 digital image
So, the Internet has lost its mind at some point in the past few days. If you haven't heard, there was a JPEG of Han Solo being bought and sold on eBay for upwards of $225. Of course, it's not just any digital image, or so I'm told, but a card from the officially licensed Star Wars: Card Trader digital collectible trading card app from Topps.
Gaming news summary for August 16, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's slightly-delayed edition, Nintendo allegedly fires an employee for comments made on a podcast, Guillermo Del Toro declares he will steer clear of gaming projects, and Sony plans to ship a Darth Vader-themed PlayStation 4 this fall.
Gaming news summary for July 21, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Star Wars KOTOR II: The Sith Lords makes its way to Mac ten years after launch, Microsoft faces a class action suit over an Xbox 360 flaw, and an interim patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC will be coming next month.
Gaming news summary for July 8, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, a release date for Disney Infinity 3.0 is revealed, Riot's community management in League of Legends appears to be making players less hostile, and a new Magic: The Gathering game lands on iOS.
Gaming news summary for June 29, 2015
Welcome to the Game Replay, the twice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN and Electronista. In today's edition, EA gets a closed alpha of Star Wars: Battlefront ready, an early access game on Steam pays a bug bounty, Nintendo offers more Amiibo models in the UK, and someone preorders Fallout 4 in bottle caps.
Doom, Gears of War 4, Mass Effect Andromeda shown at E3 events
Welcome to a special Game Replay, our regular gaming column, which will be daily for a few days this week to cover the main stories coming out of E3. For today's edition, we're covering Bethesda's first major E3 event, the non-hardware shown off by Microsoft's event, and EA's major announcements, including more of the multiplayer from Star Wars: Battlefront.
Gaming news summary for May 6, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming from the last few days. Today's edition includes the addition of Star Wars to Disney Infinity, the return of classic phone game Snake, and extra downloadable content for Goat Simulator that parodies zombie-survival games.
Gaming news summary for April 19, 2015
The Game Replay is a twice-weekly look by MacNN and Electronista on the wider gaming landscape, highlighting some of the more notable stories from the last few days. Today's list includes improvements to security on Steam, "Timewalking" in World of Warcraft, and the small matter of a new Star Wars game.
More changes to films hinted at, but not much is known about content
As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm, and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six films in the Saga will be available on Digital HD globally beginning Friday, April 10.
Only known official online premiere for latest entry in franchise
Apple has confirmed that the first official trailer for next year's new chapter in the saga, The Force Awakens, will debut online on Friday on iTunes. Disney, which now owns the rights to the franchise, had previously said that only 30 cinemas in the US would be screening the trailer on Friday, implying a wider release later. Rumors began shortly afterwards, however, that there would be an online debut as well.
Sound bar with dedicated subwoofer brings 5.1 surround sound to the desktop
Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced that it is readying a new sound bar for the living room and desktop. The Razer Leviathan is a 5.1 channel surround sound bar, which the company states can easily fit under a monitor or console setup. The Leviathan features Dolby technology, including Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II and Virtual Speaker. The unit also comes with a dedicated 5.25-inch down-firing subwoofer that Razer says is "tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones."
Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team force choked by Disney
Star Wars intellectual property owner Disney has suddenly discontinued two iOS apps, one of which was only released this year. Disney has pulled Tiny Death Star as well as Star Wars Assault Team from Google Play and the iOS App Store, with no warning to those with a financial stake in the arrangement.
Assassin's Creed Pirates for iOS and Android adds new map area
Ubisoft has announced that its game Assassin's Creed Pirates has been updated for iOS and Android devices. The update includes a new map area and campaign missions, with three new secondary missions and new treasures and diaries available for collecting. Each map features its own "survival mission," where players can fish and hunt whales for food. The update to Assassin's Creed Pirates is free for existing users.
Fate of existing titles uncertain, Disney retains limited social gaming rights
The Walt Disney Company and developer Electronic Arts on Monday announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines for the "core gamer audience." Under the agreement, EA will develop and publish new Star Wars titles, spanning all platforms and the most popular game genres, while Disney will retain certain rights to develop new titles within the mobile, social, tablet and online game categories.
DraftSight update released
Dark Resurrection: Volume 0, a fan-made science fiction movie based around the Star Wars universe, used the iPhone 4 as part of the post-production phase. The models of spaceships and environments were all photographed with the iPhone 4, which returned an optimal size and kept all of the models in focus. The device was also used to overdub a number of the actors in their homes, helping the producers to reduce the films budget. The 40-minute film can be viewed on YouTube in its native Italian with English subtitles.
Xbox 360 LE Kinect Star Wars brings 320GB drive
Microsoft confirmed a recent rumor by unveiling what might be its most elaborate special edition Xbox 360 yet. The Xbox 360 Limited Edition Kinect Star Wars pack includes an elaborately color-matched set of hardware that includes the core console in R2-D2 skin, a wireless gamepad in gold chrome like C-3PO, and a first-ever white Kinect camera. The system is also Microsoft's first to pack a 320GB hard drive and has custom R2-D2 power-on and eject sounds.